The IKEA Salmon Challenge

 

Last week I spent a really fun-filled afternoon in Ikea, and no, I wasn’t shopping for home improvements!

This Swedish home furnishings giant has built a solid reputation over the last few decades, but what makes the brand even more endearing is their stance at being accessible to all, and their very core idea that family comes first. Apart from affordably priced furniture with (almost) easy DIY assembling steps, Ikea’s inbuilt restaurant is almost always packed. 

The idea of serving food at a furniture store stems way back to the brand’s beginnings when senior management wanted to make high-quality food affordable to their blue-collar workers. The very first dish served from the Ikea kitchens is their iconic Swedish Meatballs, which continues to be a favorite among the masses worldwide.

But have you tried their salmon?

5 Reasons the Salmon at Ikea is Different:

  • Reputable Origins: Ikea uses the freshest Scandinavian salmon.
  • Quality Produce: Scandinavian salmon come from the Baltic sea that is packed with oxygen, making its salmon taste so much fresher than the rest.
  • High on Nutrition: Ikea only uses salmon that is harvested every 2 years. This allows the salmon to grow to its nutritional best.
  • Sustainable: The salmon used in Ikea is responsibly produced, without endangering the eco-system. The salmon here is ASC (Agriculture Stewardship Council) and MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) approved.
  • Affordable: Ikea salmon is of premium quality, yet one of the most affordably priced in the market!

 

#IKEASalmonChallenge

I was invited for a bloggers event at Ikea (Festival City, Dubai). We sat at a beautifully setup table, decorated with everything from Ikea ofcourse!

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Are you a Master Chef Australia fan? I’ve watched reruns of the show, and scoff at the Mystery Box rounds ticking off innovative dishes I could whip up in the given time. Never did I think I’d be put to the exact same test… and that too in Ikea!

We were paired in random, and my cooking partner was the lovely Shadeeda. We tossed up cooked salmon with ancient grains, chopped celery, green apple, walnuts and red beans. I even whipped up a dressing using freshly squeezed green apple juice with honey.

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We christened this plate The Rustic Salmon Salad.

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However, one of the rules of the game was to keep the calories down to a bare 300. The judges declared ours was close to 550!

The winning dish was the Sensational Salmon, stacked salmon canapes that looked far too dainty given the 15 minute time limit. This winning dish was created by Zaina Sanj (from Mommy On My Mind blog) and Neenu Sajan (from Neenu Foodkissed blog). Coincidentally, both are 7 months pregnant! Baby luck!

And this is what the pros cooked up for us…

I know I am far, far away from acquiring such culinary skills, but I’m glad to know I can always visit Ikea for high-quality yet affordable dishes like these any day of the week.

For now, I’ll concentrate on improving my food photography skills 😀

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I loved the poached salmon we had for our main-course, complete with asparagus spears, a white sauce and potato gratin. It was cooked a perfect pink, I like my salmon on the rare side of the spectrum.

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We ended with an absolutely scrumptious caramel-filled slice, and best of all this is gluten-free! Gotta love guilt-free dessert, gotta love Ikea!

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All images used in this post are courtesy IKEA UAE.

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